UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor apologized today for using the homophobic slur on multiple occasions backstage at UFC Gdansk fight night in a conversation with his friend Artem Lobov which caught on tape.
During his recent appearance on the Irish televisions show “The Late Late Show.” McGregor (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC) said, he meant no disrespect and harm with his words. I got little emotional following his teammate Artem Lobov’s loss.
“I witnessed him lose a fight in a potential career-defining or a career-ending fight in a manner where the opponent was stalling and running away, and I was upset,” McGregor said. “I was whispering in his ear, and I was speaking on that, and I said what I said. I meant no disrespect to nobody, to anybody in the LGBT community.”
Mcgregor expressed support for marriage equality in Ireland in 2015, during his public appearances and on social media to legalize same-sex marriage.
“You’d swear I was screaming at two people of the same sex kissing,” he said. “I campaigned, when we were trying to get same sex marriage legalized, I was campaigning for that. It is another one where things just get blown out and they love to just, any chance they get they love to throw me under the bus.”
During the promotions of Blockbuster money fight with Floyd Mayweather, Conor Mcgregor came under fire for tinged language in the buildup to his much-hyped boxing match and defended himself as a very cultural man.
After his teammate Artem lost the bout, Mcgregor came to comfort his friend by saying:
“I thought you were going to sleep him. All I’m saying, he’s a (expletive). I never knew he was a (expletive).”
Mcgregor stated, he wants to apologize and move past his use of the homophobic slur:
“It is what it is,” he said. “I’ll just say sorry for what I said and that’s it and try to move on from it.”